Berkeley Medical Center:
The Birthing Center at Berkeley Medical Center offers prenatal classes to help you prepare for the birth and care of your newborn. Our classes are taught by Certified Child Birth Educators currently working in Labor & Delivery and our Mother/Baby Unit.
Classes are held on Tuesday or Thursday evenings from 6 — 8 p.m. for a series of five weeks. The prenatal classes will include information on breathing and relaxation techniques, pain management, medical procedures, cesarean delivery, and infant care.
Pre-registration is required. Please call 304-264-1297 – menu selection #2. The fee is $15.00 per class or $75 for the entire series. WV Medicaid and some private insurances will pay for classes. If you need information about the WV Medicaid or RFTS Program, please ask your health care provider. Classes will be billed based on attendance and fees are not due on class nights.
Breastfeeding Class — FREE
The Birthing Center at Berkeley Medical Center offers a breastfeeding class to any interested person. This class is taught by a certified lactation consultant and covers the basics to start nursing your baby.
The Breastfeeding Class is offered the second Tuesday of every month (with the exception of the February Class) from 6:30 — 8:00 p.m.
The classes are held in the Hospital’s Meeting Room 1 (across from the cafeteria).
There is no fee for the breastfeeding class. Please register by calling 304-264-1270, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Cribs for Kids – How to Create a Safe Sleep Environment
- Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep, for naps and at night, to reduce the risk of SIDS.
- Use a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet.
- Your baby should not sleep in an adult bed, on a couch or on a chair alone, with you, or with anyone else.
- Keep soft objects such as pillows and blankets, toys and bumpers out of your baby’s sleep area.
- Do not smoke during pregnancy or allow smoking around your baby.
- Do not let your baby get too hot during sleep.
- Breastfeed your baby.
- Give your baby a dry pacifier that is not attached to a string for naps and at night to reduce the risk of SIDS.